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[bbvalent.gif] Ito Galleries #011 (614x474x2, 9129 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by Amberle Ferrian]

[Text by Amberle Ferrian]

Eleventh in a continuing series of fine Disney fanart drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]>.

If you frequent the newsgroup rec.arts.disney, you're most likely aware of the internecine Water Wars, an ongoing net.joke there in which netters dump vast virtual quantities of water onto each other in response to insults and flames real or imagined. Or, more frequently, for no reason at all. :-) As the Future Disney Cabinet (FDC, another ongoing r.a.d net.tradition) walkaround Belle, I'm a prime instigator and target of many such attacks, so much so that I never "start" my walkaround "rounds" without my trusty SuperSoaker water rifle and my (less-than-)trusty Bucketeer Bodyguard Brigade. :-) So what happens when a certain (FDC) Belle's Beast forgets about Valentine's Day?....:-)

bbvalent.gif (614x474x2, 9005 bytes) depicts Belle, of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, "reminding" Beast of Valentine's Day literally at gunpoint. :-) This is actually a Valentine's Day card drawn by Bob and signed by the four Bucketeer Bodyguards: Bob, David Cuthbert, David Uy, and Jeff Wilson. I've scanned both the front and back covers and the inside "greetings" in hopes that you'll get as big a laugh out of it as the five of us did. :-) All personal messages have been deleted; you don't need to see that. ;-)

And before anyone gets any ideas, No, there is nothing going on between myself and any of the guys here. After all, the FDC has better things to do besides filming the sequel to "The Bodyguard", no? :-)

[jasindrs.gif] Ito Galleries #012 (255x476x2, 3501 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by Amberle Ferrian]

Twelfth in a continuing series of fine Disney fanart drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]>.

A while back, two of rec.arts.disney's net.residents were having a bit of a debate about whether Jasmine would look good in a dress. Tim Pickett <quetzal@[...]> said no; Sherline Lee <sherline@[...]> said yes. (Sherline, incidentially, is the Future Disney Cabinet walkaround Jamsine.) After an indeterminate number of buckets and SuperSoaker attacks (the usual way to settle disputes on r.a.d these days :-) Bob Ito got dragged into the fray and produced this picture (255x476x2, 3500 bytes). Bob and I both agree that this picture settles the argument. What do you think?

[bellebll.gif] Ito Galleries #013 (391x595x2, 6456 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by Amberle Ferrian]

Thirteenth in a continuing series of fine Disney fanart drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]>.

"Belle a Bill!" (391x595x2, 6440 bytes) is sort of a sequel drawing, if drawings could have sequels like movies. :-) One of Bob's earlier drawings, "Belle at Bat" (bellebat.gif) was inspired by a whimsical "news flash" post to rec.arts.disney that Bob wrote about Belle getting drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball team. Jeff Wilson <jdwilson@[...]> wrote a followup "scoop" claiming that Belle subsequently deserted the Dodgers to play American-rules football for the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Bob is not one to let a good idea go unexploited, so here's Disney's heroine showing what she can do on the gridiron. :-)

Now, these "news" articles and drawings may answer questions about Belle's career now that she's done with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but they raise some questions of their own:

--Why is Belle wearing jersey # 99 if she's a place-kicker?

--Where is her protective gear? Or does she expect the Beast in the defensive line, so she wouldn't need any? (Hey, he can turn Walter "The Refrigerator" Payton into an ice cube tray in no time flat!)

And, most important of all:

--Why in the world would she choose to play for the team that's LOST FOUR SUPER BOWLS IN A ROW?!? (Heck, the Bills *need* Beast in their defensive line! :-)

[bobitwdw.gif] Ito Galleries #014 (630x437x2, 12100 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by Amberle Ferrian]

Fourteenth in a continuing series of fine Disney fanart drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]>.

As you may have heard, Lorena Bobbitt has just been released from the mental hospital to which she was sent after being found not guilty of malicious wounding by reason of insanity. (In case you haven't heard, malicious wounding here means cutting off her husband John's penis last June.) And like every other American celebrity, she announced that she'd celebrate by going to Disney World! (Yes, she really did say that.) However, not everyone was thrilled with this news. In fact, the male walkaround characters there wasted no time in heading for the hills upon getting word, as this picture (630x437x2, 12028 bytes) clearly shows.

Note also the surprised and amused look of the female walkarounds as their counterparts run amok literally with their tails between their legs. (Sorry, couldn't resist :-)

ObShamelessPlug: Since Lorena's at "the happiest place on earth", wouldn't she have a song on her lips as she's merrily carousing down Main Street U.S.A.? And wouldn't a Disney song parody like "Bobbitt John" be most appropriate in this case?

[batplush.gif] Ito Galleries #015 (630x435x2, 10267 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by Amberle Ferrian]

"Beauty and the (Plush) Beast" (batplush.gif, 630x435x2, 9957 bytes) is the fifteenth in a continuing series of fine Disney fanart drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]>. You may wish to save this description in a separate file for future reference.

"There must be more than this pro-vin-cial life!"

From statements like these, it's apparent that Belle lived a pretty lonely life before she met the Beast. After all, she was shunned by the villagers as an oddball, and harried constantly by a boorish suitor whose only redeeming potential was as an Olympic hopeful in expectorating. And it's also true that she did often comfort herself with her imagination, where the faroff places, daring swordfights, magic spells, and princes-in-disguise found in her books came vividly to life. Of course, dreams of romance are best when they're shared. If this can't be done with The Real Thing (tm), as in Belle's case, then a stuffed animal makes a good substitute. :-)

And so it is here, where we see Belle fast asleep, cuddling up contentedly with her favorite plush toy. Can't figure out what that is? Well, if the title of the drawing didn't give it away, consider the title of the book by her side. (Remember, this is Belle. She reads everywhere!) Now, there aren't too many swordfights or spells or princes in this book, but it does give her the means to earn the US$48 to buy the plush toy from the Disney Store. :-) (Don't worry if you don't understand the significance of the book title; it's sort of an inside joke on r.a.d. Ten Zillion Zorkmids to the first person to figure it out. :-)

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